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Governor’s Forum on CO Agriculture Will Discuss “Water: Colorado’s Treasure”

        The 2015 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, themed “Water: Colorado’s Treasure,” highlights the challenges facing Colorado in meeting the water demands of a diverse state with competing needs. The event is scheduled for Feb. 26, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver.  “Water is vital to all aspects of Colorado’s economy,” […]

Farmers’ Markets Continue for Holiday Shopping

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. – With the popularity of farmers’ markets continuing to increase, many markets are extending their seasons into winter months. In addition to a Winter Farmers’ Market List, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s online Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide and Colorado Christmas Tree List help connect holiday shoppers with local producers. […]

Salazar Stepping Down as Colorado Ag Commissioner

Gov. Hickenlooper announces retirement of Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar DENVER — Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar will retire at the beginning of January 2015. He has served in the role since 2011. “For the last twelve years, Colorado has benefitted from the generous, […]

Colorado Farmers’ Markets Are Now At Your Fingertips

  BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The popular Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, which has been helping consumers find local farmers’ markets for 30 years, is now available as a free mobile app. Farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, wineries and other agritourism activities are now conveniently available at your fingertips. “We are excited to expand this year’s Farm […]

Commissioner Approves Emergency Rule Change for Industrial Hemp

  LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar, has signed an emergency rule pertaining to Colorado’s industrial hemp industry. The rules were adopted by the Ag Commission and became effective June 11, 2014. Those interested in farming industrial hemp, who have not already registered, can begin the registration process. The emergency rule changes […]

First Quarter 2014 Agricultural Exports Increase $64.8 Million

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Colorado’s agricultural exports exceeded $2 billion in 2013, and have already grown $64.8 million (19%) in the first quarter of 2014. Colorado’s first quarter exports went to 96 countries, which is six more countries than in the first quarter of 2013. Colorado’s top export increases: ·         Mexico increased by $32 […]

Letter to the Editor: Livestock Security: It Affects Us All

    When people go shopping for food on their dinner table, they may consider its nutritious value and its cost, but many don’t consider the farmer and rancher behind every piece of food on their plate. For every bite you take, the agricultural community strives to provide a healthy, abundant food supply. But, let’s […]

Producers Urged to Vote in Wheat Assessment Referendum

  LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Wheat producers in 32 Colorado counties are invited to vote on whether to re-approve an increase in the wheat assessment through the Colorado Wheat Marketing Order. In 2007 wheat producers approved an amendment to increase the assessment from one cent per bushel to two cents per bushel, subject to re-approval by […]

Farm to Table Forum: What do Colorado Consumers Want

   Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture set to discuss: “Farm to Table: What do Consumers Really Want?”  The 2014 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, themed “Farm to Table: What do Consumers Really Want?,” highlights emerging trends in Colorado agriculture. The event is scheduled for Feb. 27, 2014, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. “Colorado farmers […]

Public State Wheat Assessment Referendum Set for Limon

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment per the request of the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee as they are seeking re-approval for an increase in their assessment. In 2007, wheat producers approved an amendment to the Colorado Wheat Marketing Order to increase the assessment from one cent per […]

Salazar Addresses Colorado Agriculture & Weather Challenges

Agriculture and Weather:  Statewide Challenges By John Salazar, Commissioner of Agriculture January 3, 2014  What’s the weather going to be like today?  For most of us the answer may mean putting on a jacket, grabbing an umbrella, or bundling up the kids for the school bus stop.  But for a farmer and rancher, the answer […]

Nominations Sought for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee

  LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Two positions within the State Noxious Weed Advisory Committee will become vacant in December 2013.  Nominations are now being sought to fill these important positions. The primary responsibility of the committee is to discuss Colorado’s weed management problems and craft solutions that best reflect public and private interests.  The committee then […]

CO AG Dept Awarded for Cantaloupe Revitalization Campaign

Colorado Department of Agriculture Receives Marketing Award for 2012 Rocky Ford Cantaloupe Revitalization Campaign  LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture received the “Award of Agricultural Marketing Excellence” at the annual North American Agricultural Marketing Officials (NAAMO) conference in Alexandria, VA.    The prestigious, national marketing award is in recognition for the campaign following the […]

Colorado Agricultural Exports Important for State-Op/Ed from John Salazar

  Colorado Agricultural Exports Important for State By John T. Salazar, Commissioner of Agriculture  When thinking about the goods or services that Colorado exports to other countries, agricultural products may not be the first thing that crosses your mind.  Think again.  Agricultural exports have become increasingly important to our state’s economy, with high-quality, locally grown […]

Growth in Colorado Agricultural Exports Important for State

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Colorado’s agricultural exports increased by $107.1 million or 18 percent to $710.1 million in the first six months of 2012 over 2011, led by export increases in meats, dairy, wheat and dry beans.   “Colorado agriculture is the fabric of this state, with quality locally grown products sold from our local farmers markets […]

Annual Agriculture Photography Contest Underway

LAKEWOOD, Colo. —Even though summer is waning and fall is approaching, it is still a great time to snap a photo and enter the annual “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” photography contest. Colorado agriculture is evident everywhere, and the 15th annual photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state’s agricultural heritage. “The photography contest […]

Colorado Ag Exports Continue to Grow

 LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Colorado’s agricultural exports increased more than 25 percent in the first two months of 2012 versus 2011, led by increases in meat and dairy products. For the fourth year in a row, Colorado’s ag exports showed an increase in the first two months of the year: In 2012, Colorado’s agricultural exports grew […]

Beef Leads Growth in Colorado Agricultural Exports

LAKEWOOD, Colo. –Compared to 2010, Colorado’s exports of agricultural products increased 23 percent in the first nine months of 2011 to $967 million, led by increases in beef, hides, dairy, grains and processed foods.   “This is great news for Colorado producers,” said Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar.  “Governor Hickenlooper has been a big supporter of […]

August is Colorado Proud Month for Local Foods

Buy Local During Colorado Proud Month LAKEWOOD, Colo. – From fresh fruits and vegetables to meats and manufactured foods, Colorado showcases a bounty of local products at grocery stores, farmers’ markets and restaurants across the state. To help promote the state’s food and agricultural products, Governor John Hickenlooper has declared August as Colorado Proud Month.  […]

Colorado Agricultural Exports Grow over 31% in First Quarter of 2011

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Colorado’s agricultural exports increased over 31 percent in the first quarter of 2011 over last year’s numbers, lead by increases in dairy and baking related products. “Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and food processors are helping Colorado return to a strong, diverse economy,” stated Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar, “I am confident that our […]